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Well the Kiwis have been bowled out as Windies celebrate the victory. The last man Boult is run out by a fine piece of fielding from Darren Bravo who effects a direct hit to run out the batsman. The series is levelled 1-1 and fans are happy to see the hosts win.
T Boult run out 5(5)
Windies well on their way to winning the game now. Tim Southee too gets out to Russell’s bowling as they lose their ninth wicket of what has been a stop start innings. The crowd is certainly excited as Windies finally look like winning a game.
T Southee c S Cottrell b A Russell 2(3)
Corey Anderson gets a taste of hos own medicine as Sammy takes a brilliant catch at long off. He covered enough ground and then took a diving catch. Skipper doing the trick for the Windies setup. Anyways why is Tom Latham coming so low down the order? However he too loses his wicket.
C Anderson c D Sammy b S Cottrell 14(16), T Latham c D Bravo b S Cottrell 3(5)
Ronchi goes for the big one but Narine proves to be too good for him as he holes out to Russell at long off. To make it worse BJ Watling is run out as well. New Zealand are losing here. This can be a morale boosting win for the beleaguered Windies.
L Ronchi c A Russell b S Narine 12(12), BJ Watling run out 1(2)
Anderson finally gets where it wanted as a hit e delivery from Pollard outside off is thumped into the stands for a six. Ronchi follows it up with a six of hi own. New Zealand camp would a sigh of relief thanks to those two six. They are just about in the game.
New Zealand batsmen collect a few singles. Darren Sammy and company won’t mind as long as they don’t give away boundaries. Anderson is trying to slog a few deep into the orbit but is only connecting air at the moment. 67 runs required now of just 5 overs.
If New Zealand lose another wicket here they will find themselves in trouble. The ball is holding up a bit too. Suddenly from nowhere the Windies are in the ascendancy and New Zealand look vulnerable. Can Windies pull off a win here?
Taylor tries a premeditated sweep and gets away with it as he collects a boundary. But the next ball he is castled by Narine. Narine bowls a jaffa that turns the other way after pitching to send his stumps for a walk in the park. The Kiwis are losing the plot here.
R Taylor b S Narine 21(23)
If there is a flaw in Williamson’s batting it is the incoming delivery as he likes to stay back. Pollard bowls an off-cutter with Williamson hanging back and loses his stumps. A huge wicket for the Windies to take as the partnership was blossoming.
K Williamson b K Pollard 37(28)
Both batsmen playing some clever cricket here as they look to milk Narine’s bowling rather than trying to go after him. They are surely looking to play him out here. Williamson in particular showing nimble footwork against the dangerman from West Indies.
Ross Taylor finally finds some form at last as he collects a boundary off Russell’s seam bowling. Kane Williamson too picks up a boundary off the same bowler. New Zealand are looking good here. All they need is to play sensibly from now on to win the game.
Nine runs from Sammy’s over as Williamson collects another fine boundary. He is just showing to others in the Kiwi camp the way to play on what is a track that is a touch on the slower side. He is certainly the man of the moment for the Kiwis.
Kane Williamson using his feet brilliantly to the spinners as he collects a boundary off Badree. In that regard Williamson looks a different batsman when compared to others especially wile playing against spin as he uses his feet quite well.
Just five runs given away by Darren Sammy as Windies look to build pressure on Kiwi batsmen. Actually Taylor finding it difficult to rotate the strike as of now for New Zealand. Now that isn’t good news for the Kiwis as he is their main batsman.
Well that is a big wicket as Brendon McCullum gets out caught by Simmons at cover off Badree the ever dependable. A huge wicket to take for the West Indies as he looked dangerous at the crease.It is up to Taylor now to play a fine knock for them.
B McCullum c L Simmons b S Badree 21(16)
Brendon McCullum on fire as he collects 14 runs in a single over off Cottrell. New Zealand are on their way here against the West Indies. They needed that over too as the Kiwis were getting a bit struck. They now have upped the run rate for the innings to nearly nine.
Williamson collects a boundary off Badree by sweeping him. A fine shot from the captain of New Zealand. Here is one New Zealand batsman who can twin the sweep shot by using his feet to spinners. The Kiwis need more of that for sure. Nevertheless Windies bowlers have started reasonably well here.
Cottrell the fast bowler into the attack. He bowls one down leg and Neesham clloects his first boundary of the innings. However Cottrell has his revenge as he removes Neesham caught by Darren Bravo. It would lift the spirits of Windies’ players.
J Neesham c D Bravo b S Cottrell 7(5)
New Zealand have started the innings with Williamson and Neesham opening the batting. On expected lines Badree bowls a fine first over by giving away just two runs. He rarely ever goes for runs in this format of the game. Just ultra consistent.
Despite bowling a couple of wides Southee holds his nerve to bowl a decent last over. However Russell smashes a boundary off the last ball of the over as the Windies get to 165 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. This is a good total on this track but Kiwis have a good batting line-up.
Boult gets the reward for bowling full and straight as he takes out Fletcher’s stumps. A good one from New Zealand’s superhero Boult. Boult takes the wicket of Sammy too. He is certainly on cloud nine. Russell though ends the over with a boundary next to his name.
A Fletcher b T Boult 62(49), D Sammy c C Anderson b T Boult 10(3)
Boult takes a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Pollard the batsman. He can certainly take superb catches in the boundary line. Fletcher and Darren Sammy though are one fire as they smash Anderson all over the park. Windies up the ante.
K Pollard c T Boult b C Anderson 13(2)
Andre Fletcher reaches a fifty. Successive fifties for the right-handed batsman from Grenada. It was a fine over by Neesham as only four runs came from it. With just three overs to go now Kane Williamson would take that over with both hands.
Pollard gets into his act by smashing Anderson over mid wicket for his first boundary of the innings. He follows it up with another boundary. Runs are flowing for the Windies. New Zealand need a few wickets to get back into the game.
When Andre Fletcher is in the mood he can pack a punch for sure. Here he plays a thundering shot while up against Tim Southee over long off for a six. It was a slower one that wasn’t well disguised by the swing bowler Tim Southee.
Against the run of play Williamson the new captain cleans up Darren Bravo. Kieron Pollard has been sent to bat at the No 5 slot. New Zealand certainly needed that wicket as Darren Bravo looked in fine touch during his brief stay at the crease.
D Bravo b K Williamson 14(7)
Well Neesham makes a mess of an easy catch as Bravo survives. It went high up in the air but should have been caught. Bravo then clouts a boundary that is smashed down the ground. He ends the over with a six over mid wicket.
A fine over by the new captain Kane Williamson as the Windies look to consolidate after the fall of a wicket. West Indies have set the platform for a good total on the board here. It is up to Fletcher to make a big score for his team.
Finally Simmons is out. He smashes Sodhi the leggie only for the boundary rider Anderson to complete a smart catch. He takes the catch then loses balance but lobs it in the air and completes a fine catch. Darren Bravo is the new batsman for the Windies.
L Simmons c C Anderson b I Sodhi 36(34)
When you can sweetly time it over extra cover for a boundary why do you want to slog? This is a question that can be best answered only by Simmons himself. He also showed preternatural hand-eye co-ordination by moving over to the off-side to flick Anderson for a six.
Simmons finally gets something near the middle of his bat. He comes down the wicket and smashes Neesham almost like swatting a hapless fly over the mid wicket for a boundary. Windies have recovered from the early loss of Simth.
Corey Anderson with his left arm mediums. Oh! boy! Simmons seems to be batting with a stick rather than the bat. Anderson squares him up like a can of worms but Simmons gets an edge and it again goes past the vacant slips. All the hard work and no reward for the left arm medium pacer.
Simmons still riding his luck. Neesham bowls a buffet bowl that is short and wide and yet Simmons gets it on the toe end of the bat as it races to the boundary boards through the vacant slip region. Windies will be happy that they have lost just one wicket till now.
Simmons is finally away. He just charged down the track more so in hope but the credit has to go the batsman for throwing kitchen sink at it to help it to sail over the backward point region. He needed that shot as Simmons looked short of confidence.
All the good work being undone by Neesham. He bowls a loosener and Fletcher collects a boundary. He then thumps a slower one for a cracking six over the mid wicket region. The West Indies finally find some momentum after a sedate start.
Is Simmons only the king of IPL? He is struggling for timing here. He is trying some desperate shots against Boult but with no luck. In fact he is lucky to survive. Boult on the other hand with his cocked wrist causing problems for the batsmen.
Now and then Southee bowls the one with a scrambled seam as a change up delivery. He doesn’t really have that potent inswinger. Now who can forget him getting Tendulkar out at Bangalore with that delivery in 2012? Smith gets a taste of it as he is cleaned up by Southee. Good start for the Kiwis.
D Smith b T Southee 9(6)
Boult to bowl the second over for New Zealand setup. He is mainly shaping it away from Simmons. Simmons is even lucky to survive as he chases one of the deliveries but doesn’t get an edge. Now that was a maiden over from the swing merchant.
Southee to open the bowling for New Zealand. Now hasn’t Dwayne Smith got better on the off-side? He cracks a fine back-foot punch for a boundary off Southee’s bowling. Well he smashes another boundary and this time around through the on side.
New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bowl. Kane Williamson is leading the New Zealand side.
Hello and warm welcome to the live updates of the second Twenty20 International (T20I) to be played between the West Indies and New Zealand at Roseau. This is Bharath Ramaraj and I will be taking you to through the updates for the entire match.
After winning the first Twenty20 International (T20I) at Roseau via Duckworth Lewis Method, New Zealand will look to wrap the series in the second game to be held at the same ground. For West Indies it is all about levelling the series by winning the second game. New Zealand’s key players like Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor looked in fine touch in the first game and that would have buoyed the spirits of New Zealand think-tank.
West Indies, in the first game struggled to get going with the bat. Even when Andre Fletcher looked in fine touch, West Indies struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking. They need to put up a better show in the second, if they have to challenge the Kiwis. They need their all-rounder like Andre Russell and Darren Sammy to come good.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Christopher Barnwell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, Mark Craig, Tim Southee.